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Faster to knit than the Spectra scarf, good looking, warm and fun to wear,
this hat can be worn with or without Mr. Stephen Wests Spectra scarf.
I have, it seems, an affinity for turning any and every yarn that I touch into a hat . . . so thinking I was due for a change from my hat phase, I purchased the well received Spectra scarf pattern by Mr. West.
I found some lovely, fine, sock weight yarns at Knit-a-Bit in Westfield, NJ and began to work on that previously mentioned pretty scarf.
I was in love with the framed panels and changes in the yarn's color, I was looking forward to seeing the scarf take shape. I excitedly cast on as directed and was off and running. (OK, so only another knitter could understand this excitement.)
Then, after two repeats of the pattern, I just had to rip it out and restart, I just had to turn the patten into a hat. (frog, frog, rip it, ribbit . . .) A hat was just pleading to be made from that yarn, the framed colors would be just perfect. So it was that I began work on this, Spectra, the Hat. The rest as they say, is history, and that history provides you with this pattern.
~7 stitches per inch in stockinette with #3 US size needles
~one skein of the mini mochi yarn makes about two hats with a good bit left over.
~on the Vail yarn there are more than two hat's worth there. So far I have worked up three, Spectra, the Hat, hats! And there's still a another hat or two's worth of yarn left.
000 yards of Fingering weight
I know it's warm and humid now but - Autumn and winter bring cold dampness and ice here in the north east. You are still going to need some cowls and mitts for yourself and your family. Have you begun your holiday knitting yet. Are you ready for gifting and the unpredictable weather that still lies ahead? Get your needles clicking now and get to work, because once September comes, days will ...
I know it's warm and humid now but - Autumn and winter bring cold dampness and ice here in the north east. You are still going to need some cowls and mitts for yourself and your family. Have you begun your holiday knitting yet. Are you ready for gifting and the unpredictable weather that still lies ahead? Get your needles clicking now and get to work, because once September comes, days will shorten and you know your time will be shorter too. Here are a few simple and lovely patterns for you to choose from.
A warm deep cowl hood with a free bonus pattern for mitts - http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/soft-and-snugly-knitted-cowlhood--bonus/57551
An interesting sidewards knit hat - http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/zzs-welted-hat/57549
Easy color work in a shrug, cowl, hood and shawl all in one! - http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/faux-fair-isle-scarf-stole-hood-wrap/57556
For those looking for extra warmth in a hat, this flat knit is doubled! - http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/knitting/accessory/sideways-and-snuggley-a-double-hat/59372
and there are others.
I design in yarn and write Knitting patterns. Many, many years ago, I was taught by my maternal Irish grandmother to knit. She was not well off and did not have a lot to share so she shared her knowledge of knitting. Then came the Girl Scouts, my troop leaders pushed me to knit more seriously but still it was just flat work. I have been knitting off and on since but was never really satisfied with my product. Then a few years ago I discovered **Knitting Haven,** a lovely little corner of the internet where I was encouraged to further flourish my needles.
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